Date published: 
1 July 2018
Media type: 
Transcript
Audience: 
General public

ANGELA COX:

July 1st marks the start of a number of important health initiatives benefiting thousands of Australians. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is in Melbourne to tell us more. Good morning to you Minister, thanks for joining us.

GREG HUNT:

Good morning, Ange.

ANGELA COX:

A life-changing breast cancer medication is now available for as little as $6.

GREG HUNT:

That’s right. Previously Kisqali cost $70,000 a year, which meant that it was beyond the reach of virtually every woman.

This is about life-changing, life-extending medicine for breast cancer sufferers. It will help over 3,000 women a year and it will make just a massive difference to their treatment and to their access to this medicine.

And I’ve met with some women who’ve already been on what are called clinical trials or tests and they’ve said for them it’s profoundly important.

ANGELA COX:

A very important initiative. There’s also a number of free vaccines available to mums and infants.

GREG HUNT:

That’s right. So, two new vaccinations, for whooping cough.

Every pregnant mum in Australia will have access to the free vaccine through their GP.

What it does is it protects the newborn baby from whooping cough before they’re old enough to get a vaccination in their own right.

And then also for meningococcal a new vaccine for 12-month-old toddlers.

And for them, when you look at the whooping cough and the meningococcal vaccination it’s just about protecting these beautiful newborns and toddlers, both on the national vaccination program and available to every mum and every 12-month-old for free.

So it’s a really important thing that we’re able to do to support health in the population.

ANGELA COX:

Sure is, good stuff. Thanks so much for your time, Minister, this morning.

GREG HUNT:

Thanks very much.